Hiked Airfares to Burn your Summer Holidays
Bangalore: According to Keyur Joshi, COO, makemytrip.com, the domestic flight fares have risen by 30- 35percent as compared to last summer. The leisure travel has gone down by 15 percent. Travelers will have to recheck their budget for their holiday schedule. They might have to reduce their period of stay or look up for cheaper hotels and resorts as they will be spending more on their travel expenses said Manmeet Ahluwalia, Marketing Head, Expedia (India).
Kingfisher has cut down on the capacity, they had 64 aircrafts till last November but now they are only left with 16.The airfares of the domestic destinations are almost similar to the South East Asian hotspots like Malaysia, Thailand etc, and that’s the reason why they are attracting more Indian tourists. Keyur Joshi also added that they have witnessed a drop in the advance bookings.
Janaki Fernandes, a frequent traveler, who booked an advanced return tickets from Bangkok a few months ago for month of May, paid 14,000 to Indigo airlines. She also said that her friends wanted to go along for the summer vacation and they chose Thailand as their destination because the airfares to Thailand were much affordable.
The few best examples that can be given for this price hike are, if you wish to book a ticket for Delhi- Port Blair in advance it would cost you around 9300, if you want to book for Mumbai – Shillong the rates have gone up to 13,800. You need to pay 6800 for Delhi- Mumbai, 7563 for Delhi- Bangalore and 6582 for Kolkata- Chennai, for the 10 days’ advance booking on metro routes.
Kingfisher has kept its prices low so that they can win back the customer who would we deserted due to the sudden and massive cancellations.